Long a favorite for family vacations, couples’ retreats, and high-society functions, the venerable South Florida resort is better than ever after a 2013 renovation that saw the redesign of all 450 rooms. Footpaths lead from adult and family pool areas to a white-sand beach that remains the property’s primary draw.
Children’s activities: The Ritz Kids Nature’s Wonder program pairs children ages 5 to 12 with naturalists who guide them in viewing 11 aquariums filled with sharks, turtles, crabs, and eels. Kids can also spend time in the entertainment lounge, which is equipped with plenty of Xbox and PlayStation gaming systems. (Rooms start at $399 per night.) (ritzcarlton.com)